Monday Miscellany: Plagiarism, Platelets, Pharmacies

1. Plagiarism guideline paper retracted for…anybody wanna guess? (It’s plagiarism.) h/t Ed Yong

2. Does an apple a day…? Here, we checked that for you.

Apple eaters were more likely, in the crude analysis, to keep the doctor (and prescription medications) away: 39.0% of apple eaters avoided physician visits vs 33.9% of non–apple eaters (P = .03). After adjusting for sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, however, the association was no longer statistically significant (OR, 1.19; 95% CI, 0.93-1.53; P = .15). In the adjusted analysis, apple eaters also remained marginally more successful at avoiding prescription medications (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% CI, 1.00-1.63). There were no differences seen in overnight hospital stay or mental health visits.

3. Rhode Island CVS stores will start offering Narcan (naloxone) over the counter to counteract heroin overdoses.

4. The effectiveness of blood donation.

5. The most interesting thing about this article for me is that the CIA asked for real analysts to be interviewed to correct perceptions.

6. One being the one who’s laughed at one the internet. Jon Ronson also has a book out on the topic, which I haven’t hand a chance to get ahold of.

It’s not just the fat-bashing that hurts. Or the humiliation, the shaming, this last safe societal prejudice. All that is bad, of course. What really hurts, though, is how much the boys who took that photo of me “doing it wrong”—and the thousands of people who see it—will never know.

They’ll never know how experiences just like this began dividing me—early—from my body. That the taunts of “fatty” and “blubber” and “lardass” when I was 6 made me stand at my bedroom window and wonder if it was a long enough way down to the ground; that when the kids at lunch poked my stomach with pencils to see if I’d deflate, I honestly wished I would, with a long, satisfying “sssssss”; that by the time Ms. Gleby was leading my entire sixth grade Phys Ed class in laughing at me, I no longer had a body at all. I was a floating head, and I was determined to think of my physical form as a brick that I had to suffer the inconvenience of dragging around. My body wasn’t me. It was despicable. It was nothing.

The people who laugh at this picture won’t know that every jeer, every “mooooo,” and every “sorry, no fatties” made me more and more successful at being bodiless.

And they won’t know how scary it’s been to decide to maybe make a different choice.

7. Miri linked me to this long review of the role of technology in medical errors. It’s outstanding and thorough. A facebook commenter on the post also mentioned the Therac 25 errors, which I had never heard of.

8. The social model of disability: glasses vs. hearing aids edition.

Things I read this week(ish):

A Woman Like That: Lesbian And Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories, Joan Larkin
Major Conflict: One Gay Man’s Life in the Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell Military, Jeffrey McGowan

The Underground Girls of Kabul, Jenny Nordberg

Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Barry Rubin


One thought on “Monday Miscellany: Plagiarism, Platelets, Pharmacies

  1. Understandably, the Therac-25 issues are more widely known to computer scientists than doctors. It’s a story used to warn budding programmers, “Some times your bugs really can kill people!”

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